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Mod Lyset, Copenhagen

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Towards the Light or originally Mod Lyset (in Danish) made by provocative Danish sculptor Rudolph Tegner and known as his most controversial work, a monument to the physician and Nobel Laureate Niels Finsen, which was installed in Copenhagen in 1909. The impressive figurative work is created from granite and bronze and shows three figures, a man flanked by a pair of naked women, straining their bodies upwards towards the sun. The sculpture symbolizes Finsen's principal scientific theory, that specific wavelengths of sunlight have healing properties.

The extreme body language of the sculpture has been said to have been inspired in part by the writings of philosopher Friedrich Nietzche on the healthy and strong person, juxtaposed with Finsen's own failing and sickly physical self.

The sculpture shocked the conservative Danish art community but was defended by the writer and philosopher Georg Brandes.
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